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Elliot Fisch
American Record Guide, November 2014

The performances are very effective. The Conservatory chorus and orchestra play well, and Ashkenazy conducts with great feeling.

…you will want this recording of Monna Vanna. The sound is excellent. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Göran Forsling
MusicWeb International, September 2014

The solo singing is generally good and so is the singing and playing of the forces from the Moscow Conservatory. Isokoski’s reading makes me hope for more Rachmaninov from her and Ashkenazy. The recordings are excellent. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Geoffrey Norris
Gramophone, September 2014

…this is a tantalising disc of a what-might-have-been, Vladimir Avtomonov’s rich, fluid baritone bearing the brunt of the action as Guido with impressive reserves of passion, echoed by the soprano Evgeniya Dushina as Monna Vanna…Despite not being able to finish it, Rachmaninov never lost faith in Monna Vanna. This performance shows why. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Guy Engels
Pizzicato, August 2014

Vladimir Askenazy takes care of one of Rachmaninov’s least known works, the opera fragment Manna Vanna. He gives the music a dramatic and vivid character. Yet, the highlight of the CD is a choice of songs, exquisitely performed by Soile Isokoski… © 2014 Pizzicato




Mary Kunz Goldman
The Buffalo News, July 2014

Ashkenazy shows great skill, moving the drama along while letting it breathe. The singers throughout the disc are excellent. © 2014 The Buffalo News Read complete review



Stephen Greenbank
MusicWeb International, July 2014

On the whole this is a pleasing selection. Isokoski proves an ideal interpreter, characterizing each song with sensitivity. The recording engineers have achieved exemplary sound quality, with perfect balance between singer and pianist. Informative booklet notes set the context. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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